Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, is the apparent low bidder on a project to replace the Lafayette Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn.
Lunda bid $130,380,898.32 to do the project. The next lowest of the six bidders was the $134 million bid of Ames Construction Inc. of Burnsville, Minn.
The contract for the Minnesota Department of Transportation project is expected to be awarded within 30 days.
The existing bridge, built in 1968, carries 90,000 vehicles a day. It is also the longest bridge in St. Paul, spanning 3,369 feet.
The old bridge, considered to be in fair condition, will remain open through 2012. The new bridge’s northbound lanes will be built in 2011 and 2012. When that portion is complete, it will be open temporarily to two lanes of traffic in each direction. The southbound section will be constructed in 2013 and 2014.
Lunda also has an office in Burnsville, Minn.
— Marie Rohde